Pacific Junction to Albia/Maxon

Pacific Junction (MP 475.1) has a speed limit of 79-60 east across the erstwhile flat crossing of two ex-CB&Q lines, with still-extant connectors in all four quadrants. The main line continues due east, with yard tracks on the south side, and crossovers to Two Main Tracks, CTC, past signals at the east end of the yard tracks, and a road bridge overhead, and then turns northeast past a bridge over a stream, Intermediate Signals at Glenwood (MP 471.4), a bridge over a divided highway, extra track on the southeast side, and a road bridge overhead, east-southeast past a grade crossing, a bridge over a road, a bridge over a dirt road, a dirt road grade crossing, a dirt track grade crossing, a bridge over a road, crossovers at Balfour (MP 467.9), a signal bridge at a reduction to single track at MP 466.4 (35 mph on the line turning out to/from the north side), a dirt road grade crossing, a bridge over a road, a road bridge overhead, a dirt road grade crossing, Malvern, where a Wabash line once crossed at grade, a dirt track grade crossing, a bridge over a dirt road well below, a bridge over a small river, and a bridge over a dirt road.

The line turns east-northeast, past a spur on the south side, a road bridge overhead, the resumption of Two Main Tracks at MP 458.0 (35 mph on the line turning out), a dirt road grade crossing, Intermediate Signals at Hastings (MP 456.9), where branches once ran north and south, and the main line turns east, past a bridge over a stream, crossovers at MP 453.5, Intermediate Signals at Emerson (MP 451.6), a grade crossing, Intermediate Signals at MP 449.x, a dirt road grade crossing, a road bridge overhead, a dirt road grade crossing, a spur on the south side to grain elevators, two road bridges overhead, a bridge over a stream, a road bridge overhead, a bridge over a stream far below, a spindly road bridge overhead, a reduction to single track at McPherson (MP 447.5, 35 mph on the line turning out to/from the north side), a bridge over a stream, a road bridge overhead, a detector at MP 445.2, the line on an embankment, a bridge over a dirt road, a bridge over a river, a bridge over a road far below, and the resumption of Two Main Tracks at MP 443.4 (35 mph on the line turning out to/from the south side), Red Oak (MP 442.4), where a branch from Farragut trails in from the south, and the line turns east-northeast, past two bridges over roads and Intermediate Signals at about MP 441, and then east-southeast, past a bridge over a dirt road, a spindly road bridge overhead, Intermediate Signals, a spindly road bridge overhead, and a bridge over a dirt road well below.

The line in western Iowa is a mixture of single track, CTC-controlled, sections and double track sections, some CTC and others ABS, TWC (once Rule 251, current-of-traffic, but apparently no longer), reduces to single-track at MP 439.4, where the speed limit is 50 mph on both lines through the switch before resuming 79-60, and passes a bridge over a dirt road, a bridge over a stream well below, and a dirt road grade crossing, a spur on the south side, a bridge over a road below, and silos on the south side served by that spur at Stanton, a grade crossing, the sour on the south side trails in, and a bridge over a dirt road.

The line turns southeast, past a road bridge overhead, a spindly road bridge overhead, and a road bridge overhead to Clarinda Junction (MP 428.9), where a line north from Clarinda once trailed in, and Two Main Tracks resume (with speed limit 50 mph on both lines through the switch before resuming 79-60), a bridge over a road, two road bridges overhead, grain silos on the south side (no current track), and a rail-served facility on the south side at Villisca (MP 427.4), where the line turns east, past a grade crossing, a bridge over a river, and a grade crossing, and then east-northeast, past crossovers at MP 425.5, a road bridge overhead, a grade crossing, Nodaway (MP 422.7), a reduction to single track at "Nodaway", MP 422.2 (with speed limit is 50 mph on both lines through the switch before resuming 79-60), a dirt road grade crossing at MP 421.6, a detector at MP 421.5, Intermediate Signals, a dirt track grade crossing, a bridge over a stream well below, a dirt road grade crossing, Intermediate Signals, a dirt road grade crossing, a road bridge overhead, Intermediate Signals at Corning (MP 413.7), a grade crossing at MP 413.2, a dirt road grade crossing, grain silos on the south side (no track), a road bridge overhead, a bridge over a river, and a bridge over a culvert.

Two Main Tracks resume at MP 412.0 (with speed limit is 50 mph on both lines through the switch before resuming 79-60), past a dirt road grade crossing, crossovers at MP 408.9 as the line turns east, a dirt road grade crossing, a bridge over a river, and then northeast, past grain silos and track on the south side at Prescott (MP 406.7), a bridge over a river, a spindly road bridge overhead, a reduction to single track at MP 405.7 (with speed limit is 50 mph on both lines through the switch before resuming 79-60), and a bridge over a road.

The line turns east, past three spindly road bridges overhead, a dirt road grade crossing, a bridge over a stream far below, a spindly road bridge overhead, Cromwell, two bridges over roads, a bridge over a stream, a dirt track grade crossing, a road bridge overhead, embankment, cutting, embankment, a bridge over a stream far below, the resumption of Two Main Tracks at MP 395.2 (with speed limit is 50 mph on both lines through the switch before resuming 79-60), a bridge over a street, and the start of Yard Limits, Automatic Block Signals, Track Warrant Control at MP 393.75, with branches trailing in first from the north and then from the southwest, a bridge over a road, a signal bridge overhead, a spur on the south side, a grade crossing, and silos on the south side on that spur, to the passenger station, with brick depot on the north side, at Creston (MP 392.9), followed by extra track on the south side, a grade crossing, a six track yard on the south side, and a rail-served facility on the north side, east of the depot.

Another branch departs to the north, there are siding tracks on both north and south sides used by trains changing crews, the divisional control changes at East Creston (MP 391.0), and the line passes the east end of the yard, a bridge over a road, and a bridge over a stream, turns southeast, past a dirt road grade crossing, a road bridge overhead, and a dirt track grade crossing, and then east again, and passes a bridge over a stream well below, a road bridge overhead, a spur and silos on the south side at  Union, more silos on the south side, with a spur serving them, a bridge over a dirt road, Intermediate Signals, a road bridge overhead, a bridge over ??, a bridge over a stream, Intermediate Signals, a dirt track grade crossing, Intermediate Signals, a road bridge overhead, a grade crossing, crossovers at Afton (MP 383.6), Afton Junction, where a Chicago Great Western line once crossed at grade from south-southwest to north-northeast, a spindly road bridge overhead, a bridge over a stream, Intermediate Signals, a dirt road grade crossing, two spindly road bridges overhead, a bridge over a stream far below, Intermediate Signals, a dirt track grade crossing, crossovers at Thayer (MP 376.0), where the line turns just north of east, three grade crossings in a town, a spur trailing on on the south side, and crossovers at Murray (MP 370.4), where the line is running east.

There is a dirt track grade crossing, two dirt road grade crossings, two dirt track grade crossings, two dirt road grade crossings, Intermediate Signals, a grade crossing, a highway alongside to the south, and crossovers at Osceola (MP 359.2), where branches once trailed in from the southwest and departed to the north and the Two Main Tracks become (formerly current-of-traffic, now TWC) Double Track, a bridge over a divided highway, two grade crossings, two bridges over streets, a grade crossing west of the  Osceola passenger station at a brick depot on the south side, a dirt road grade crossing, crossovers at MP 357.9 where the line turns southeast, a bridge over a dirt road, a road bridge overhead, two dirt road grade crossings, a dirt track grade crossing, a bridge over a dirt road, a bridge over a stream, a bridge over a dirt road, and detectors at MP 356.7.

The Intermediate Signals on this line have identification plates that begin with a numeral that is not part of the mileage, followed by the mileage, and then another numeral (which is the same as the numeric indicator found on most Intermediate Signals). West of this location, in November, 2006, the IS are not properly identified by mileage because of this issue. The line continues past Brush, where the tracks turns east and separate for awhile, with a brief (MP 354.8-351.5) 55-45 speed limit on the eastward tracks and a brief (MP 353.5-353.3) 70 mph speed limit on the westward track, Woodburn (MP 350.6), where they come back together again, a turn east-northeast and then just north of east, with 70 mph speed limit between MP 343.8 and 343.6,  past Lucas, two sets of crossovers at Shannon (MP 342.0), where the lines separate again, a 50-40 speed limit on the westward track between MP 340.0 and 338.8 (East Cleveland), Whitebreuse, where the line turns east, Indianola Junction, where a line once trailed on from the north and the line turns southeast, 70-30 on both tracks from MP 334.5 to 333.9, past the crossovers at Chariton (MP 334.3), where there is a wye junction with a spur on the southwest side that was once a branch headed southwest, and there are grain silos on the south side, no longer rail connected, and 70 mph from MP 333.9 to 333.0.

The line turns south, south-southeast on a bridge over a line once owned by the Rock Island, east-northeast past a detector at MP 328.0, and Russell (MP 326.8), and curvily east past Zero, with 70 mph from MP 324.6 to 324.2, 55-50 from MP 323.3-321.5, and 65-50 from MP 321.5-315.0 crossovers at Melrose (MP 318.6), a curve southeast and northeast, east again to Tyrone, and northeast to the two sets of crossovers at Halpin (MP 309.7), where Two Main Tracks and CTC resume, and the tracks separate as far as Maxon, curving south-southeast or southeast and then north-northeast or northeast, with 70-40 on Main 1 from MP 306.9-304.4, 40-25 with the head end of the train between MP 304.4 and 303.6 on Main 1, 50-40 from MP 308.3 to 302.2 on Main 2, each track having its own Albia (MP 303.7), at the more northerly of which (Main 1) a CB&Q line tails in from the north (and a Wabash line once did so), and a former Wabash line curves away to the south, bridging over the more southerly line (Main 2).

The speed limit is 70-50 from MP 303.6 to MP 301.9 on Main 1 and 40-35 from MP 302.2 to 301.9 on Main 2. There are two sets of crossovers at Maxon (MP 301.9), as the lines come back together again and a former Minneapolis & St,. Louis line leaves to the northeast.